French scientist with ties to Cambodia wins Nobel Prize October 8, 2008Posted by chandrapong007 in Cambodia.
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Written by Brendan Brady and Cheang Sokha/ The Phnom Penh Post
Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who helped discover HIV, continues to research the epidemic’s impact on the Kingdom
A nobel cause
Francoise Barre-Sinoussi’s work with her colleague Luc Montagnier in the early 1980s made it possible to study the virus closely and identify important details on how HIV attacks the immune system. The Nobel Assembly in its citation said their discovery paved the way for scientists to figure out ways to diagnose infected people and to screen blood for HIV, which has limited spread of the epidemic and helped scientists develop anti-HIV drugs. The Nobel stamp comes 25 years after Barre-Sinoussi and her colleagues at the French Pasteur Institute made the finding, officially ending a prolonged dispute over whom to credit for “discovering” HIV. Still based in the Pasteur Institute, Barre-Sinoussi has promoted the global integration of HIV research and initiatives.